Tuesday, 15 September 2015
Vegan Mofo Day 15 - OMG, Barack Obama is coming over because he knows you make awesome vegan food! What are you going to make?
So, this is a difficult one. At first I thought about serving this. Because he's the President and caviar seems like the sort of thing a President would eat.
Yep, that is VEGAN caviar and pretty delicious it is too!
Then I wondered whether I should serve him something typically British like To-fish and Chips (with a side of mushy peas of course). But then I started to wonder that if he ended up in my little corner of Derbyshire he might be feeling a bit home sick and wondered what sort of American food he liked. A quick Google search came up with Chowder. On Labour Day this year the President visited the Union Oyster House in Boston and ordered not one but ten chowders! Honest, read about it here.
Luckily Carol Vorderman - Accidental Vegan Hero and my unofficial Mofo theme comes up trumps with this Sweetcorn and Butterbean Chowder from Carol Vorderman's Detox Recipes.
I have to say, this was one of the last soup recipes I tried from this book only making it recently after I'd had the book for 9 years. Well, that was a mistake as I discovered that I love it! I think it was something about putting soya milk in soup that put me off but as long as you use an unsweetened kind you're onto a winner.
I'd not eaten chowder for 25 years! I spent a year as a student on an exchange programme to a college in Upsate New York (SUNY Plattsburgh) and I probably ate my bodyweight during that time in clam chowder from the college dinning hall. But then I returned to England and there was no chowder to be found (this was the Eighties remember) and I kind of forgot all about it. But now thanks to Carol, chowder is back on the menu. This was a quick 20 minute job with no blending required and consists of onion, garlic, potatoes, stock, soya milk, black pepper and a tin of sweetcorn and a tin of butterbeans. It's one of those dishes that tastes much more than the sum of its parts. It really is great comfort food. Included on the same page is a recipe for cornbread to accompany. This calls for 2 eggs though so isn't vegan although it does also use soya yoghurt. It should be possible to use egg replacer or there are plenty of great vegan cornbread recipes around. However for the President I've decided our bowl of chowder should be accompanied by some toasted soughdough and smashed avocado.